An annual 24-hour count of the homeless in Anderson County is scheduled for Jan. 28, and the first of two hour-long training sessions is Thursday morning.
The Point in Time Count is organized by TORCH, and the count is used by Congress to determine funding for the area.
Those who volunteer for the PIT count must attend a one-hour training session that will teach them how to fill out the homelessness survey and provide input on where homeless families might be located.
Thursday’s training session is from 10-11 a.m. at the TORCH office, which is at 320 Robertsville Road, Suite 5, in Oak Ridge. There is a second training session from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. Volunteers will be signing up for a three-hour volunteer time slot at the training sessions.
TORCH has also sent out a Rapid Response Team Member Pledge.
“Many of you have shown interest in doing more than just counting the homeless,” TORCH Executive Director Zabrina Minor said in an e-mail. “We have a created a pledge sheet for you/your church/any other group you are involved in to do just that! Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist church will be hosting an Emergency Warming Center on Jan. 27, 28, 29, and 30; more information to follow at the training.”
For more information, contact Minor at (865) 318-4788, ext. 3, or [email protected].
See more information on the Point in Time Count and Rapid Response Teams here: PIT Volunteer_RR Request Form.